Thu, 31 August 2017
This week we spend most of our time on the sudden resignation of Kezia Dugdale as leader of Scottish Labour.
Lesley considers the remaining runners and riders for the poison chalice of Scottish politics and which of them, if any, can restore Labour's fortunes.
I chip in on the sad lack , not just in the Labour Party, of outstanding political personalities.
The recent special on the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival presented by Jack Whitehall leads us into the metropolitan mindset of not only the chattering but political classes.
All this plus meanderings on walking to school as kids, dancing for independence, and holidays in Ireland.
Thu, 24 August 2017
The latest in our continuing series of podcasts from exotic locations features Lesley's thoughts on the "National" in Scottish National Party and BBC Scotland's reply to her critique of its management structure.
I weigh in on elites , diversity and the demise of local newspapers.
However the biggy is the continuing Brexit shambles. Just what does it tell us about whose voices are listened to and whose are ignored?
There will be no surprises in what Lesley's answers are.
This plus, fleeting references to Daily Telegraph headlines and the suddenly reappearing Ruth Davidson all to the accompaniment of rattling coffee cups and thirties jazz.
Thu, 17 August 2017
Andrew O'Hagan's powerful statement on his journey from No to Yes kicks off the first part of this week's podcast.
This allows Lesley and I to consider the siren song of a return to a mythical ,unified Britain of the past, if we leave the EU.
The recent resignation of BBC Scotland commissioning and scheduling supremo Ewan Angus raises the question of the potential for radical change at the national broadcaster.Will it be taken?
We also reflect on the tragic events of Charlottesville ,the courage of the Heyer family and the moral vacuum in the face of fascism of Donald Trump.
Thu, 10 August 2017
This week sees the return , by "popular" demand , of our theme music.
We begin by saying that we won't talk about Trump and North Korea but then go on to talk about....you can fill the rest in in yirsels!
The rest of the podcast is taken up with the two major issues Lesley addressed in her columns.
We ask is the one size fits all, top down command structure of Police Scotland working and what , if anything, will be done to resolve its all too apparent problems?
Our attention then turns to the meeting between Mike Russell, Damian Green and you know, that other guy, him, the Secretary of State for Scotland, to discuss what new powers may be granted to Scotland post Brexit.
Although Lesley focuses on fishing, particularly after Michael Gove's recent conversations with Denmark, the implications for the continuing role and importance of the devolution settlement are profound.
In the process we manage to name drop some gie interesting fowk and I slip in gratuitous references to Peanuts and Lawside Academy.
Thu, 3 August 2017
In a week which saw fractious infighting and criticisms within the independence camp Lesley stresses the need for inclusion and tolerance and highlights the pitfalls of our tendency towards tribalism.
I question whether anyone outside of the online bubble either knows or cares about these disputes.
Lesley uses the very different approaches between the Scottish and English prison systems to highlight the progressive nature, across party political divides, of Scottish society.
And in the midst of these pleas for peace,love and understanding I, once again, deny being a hippy. Doth I protest too much?